Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/January 7, 2019
New year, new issue of Aquarium Drunkard's weekly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif.
The Velvet Underground: The Boston Tea Party – January 10, 1969
The bootleg of the January 10 show, recorded 50 years ago this week, is probably the best fidelity of the various audience tapes made in 1969 at the Boston Tea Party. Not to say it’s fantastic — it’s still a half-century-old audience tape — but crank it up and it’s highly listenable. “This January 10 1969 show was the way I liked them: kinda rough and creepy,” Johnathan Richman says. The performance is also downright sublime.
Lars Jansson Trio: Just This
Backed by Thomas Fonnesbaek on bass and Paul Svanberg on drums, veteran Swedish jazz pianist Lars Jansson returned late last year with the release of Just This, the trio’s first material since their 2017 detour, Green Moss Black Sand — a one-off project in collaboration with Icelandic saxophonist, Sigurður Flosason.
Whereas Green Moss played as a Scandinavian sonic meditation on Flosason’s home country, Just This finds the trio in elemental form. Their movements a cascade of studied composure, tempered by the ease of natural interplay and improvisation, Just This, like all of Jansson’s work, is both indebted to its stylistic forebears (Paul Bley, Bill Evans), and wholly its own . . . as demonstrated by the album’s final cut — the rumination that is “To Have Or To Be”.
Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Pastiche Beach Patreon Exclusive
An exclusive for our Patreon supporters: In addition to AD, Justin Gage is a one of the partners, and music director, of Gold Diggers in Los Angeles — a boutique hotel, bar and recording studio in east Hollywood, located on old Route 66 in the former soundstage of cult filmmaker Ed Wood. Which brings us to Pastiche Beach. In lieu of a stale mint on a pillow, guests receive a quarterly vinyl mix - theirs to keep. Limited to 500 copies, bootleg style, it's 50 minutes, no breaks, no tracklists. Want to hear this mix before picking up a copy at Gold Diggers? Support Aquarium Drunkard via our Patreon page and start listening.
Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (A Documentary)
Based on the 2001 book of the same name, the recent Netflix documentary on the forlorn and forgotten Polish sculptor Stanislaw Szukalski is not to be missed. Where to begin? Brilliant, yes. Tragic, yes. Prolific, yes. A flawed and deeply misguided nationalist? Absolutely. But the documentary is much more than that. In addition to his art, Szukalski went on to found a remarkably surreal pseudoscience that he deemed Zermatism, based on the theory mankind was under the rule of a sinister race of human-yeti hybrids. No doubt, Art Bell would have loved to have had Szukalski as a guest on Coast To Coast AM.
Glenn Kotche: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
As anyone who’s ever seen him live can attest, Glenn Kotch is an inventive player, not beholden to typical rock & roll tropes and unafraid to interject left of center approaches on stage. The Wilco/On Fillmore drummer seems to have an innate ability to seize a musical opportunity when one presents itself. So when the staff at the NYU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Sean Statser and Jonathan Haas, reached out to Kotche about recording in the ensemble’s new recording studio, he recognized it as a chance to document more than a decade’s worth of solo compositions. Released last October, Sticks, Skins, Metal and Stone: NYU Plays the Percussion Music of Glenn Kotche, serves almost like a “greatest hits” collection of the composer’s varied works, even if eight of the record’s ten songs had never been properly recorded. In advance of the 2019 Wilco’s Solid Sound festival later this year, Kotche joined Aquarium Drunkard to discuss the record’s genesis, the adventurousness of Wilco’s fanbase, and the value of listening for music in unexpected places.
Ruby Johnson: Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
The recently released Music of North Caroline edition of the Oxford American is an essential read. And listen: it comes with a 24-song CD featuring Nina Simone, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, James Taylor, and Elizabeth Cotten, and this heater from Ruby Johnson.
Stardust-Joni Mitchell 1982-2007
While there may not be quite as many highs as from her California days, there’s still much to be gleaned from Joni Mitchell’s often overlooked post-Mingus period. Even her more forgettable albums from the 1980s offer something to behold, while the mid-1990s volley of Turbulent Indigo and Taming The Tiger have aged surprisingly well. Yet it is the duo of Both Sides Now and Travelogue that stand as tall as any of Joni’s earlier work–her matured voice paired with orchestral arrangements in a stunning exploration of both jazz standards and her own songbook. “Sweet Joni from Saskatoon / Don’t go, don’t go too soon.”
Ditto :: In Human Terms
An experimental minimalist from the Texas hill country, Charles Ditto self-released In Human Termson his own label in 1987. He calls it “nootropic deconstructed pop minimalism,” and it slots nicely with the spacey ambient worlds of Michele Mercure, Pauline Anna Strom, and Savant. Picture round shapes floating through a light fog and you’re in the right astral territory.
Skyway Man: Lagniappe Session
Just got our copy of Groove Family's limited edition lathe cut pressing of Skyway Man's Aquarium Drunkard Laggniape Session. Grab one if you can, and if you can't listen to the sessions wherever you stream music and via AD.
Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard every Wednesday at 7pm PST with encore broadcasts on-demand via the SIRIUS/XM app.
SIRIUS 549: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Karl Hund – Shaman’s Dance ++ Karl Hund – Bread and Wine with Your Loved One ++ Drinks – Leave The Lights On ++ Tim Presley’s White Fence – Phone ++ Cate Le Bon – Crab Day ++ Ought – New Calm, pt. 2 ++ OMNI – Wire ++ Bodega – Bodega Birth ++ 39 Clocks – DNS ++ Julien Gasc – Mandrax ++ Charlotte Gainsbourg – Le Chat Du Café Des Artistes ++ Atlas Sound – Walk A Thin Line (Fleetwood Mac) ++ The Velvet Underground – Andy’s Chest ++ The Velvet Underground – One of These Days ++ The Velvet Underground – Ocean ++ Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street ++ Julee Cruise – Kool Kat Walk ++ Miko & Mubare – Komoma Ya-Ya-Ya ++ Yoshinori Hayashi – Overflow ++ CAVE – Beaux ++ Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings ++ Ben Lamar Gay – Music For 18 Hairdressers: Braids & Fractals ++ Szun Waves – Temple ++ Sam Gendel & Sam Wilkes – BOA ++Amaro Freitas – Rasif ++ Sandro Perri – In Another Life ++ Amen Dunes – Blue Rose ++ Peaking Lights – Sea of Sand ++ Kikagaku Moyo – Nazo Nazo ++ Yoko Ono – Kiss Kiss Kiss
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